Volleyball suffers five-game loss to Newberry

SALISBURY, NC -- Newberry rallied past host Catawba to earn a five-game win in South Atlantic Conference volleyball action on Saturday morning at Goodman Gym. Newberry improves to 8-9 overall and 4-3 in the SAC, while Catawba falls to 7-8 and 2-4. Newberry took the match by the scores of 30-23, 21-30, 22-30, 34-32 and 15-12. Cara Coleman (Allentown, PA) led Newberry with 21 kills with Jessica Lipsi (Columbia, SC) adding 18 kills and 21 digs. Christy Stegall (Fort Mill, SC) had 26 digs and Alicia Khoury (Toledo, OH) delivered 61 assists. Melissa Griffith (Williamsburg, VA) registered 24 kills for Catawba, while Amanda Nantz (Troutman, NC) had 17 kills and three bocks. Missy Bartholomew (New Carlisle, IN) totaled 24 digs and Andi Henderson (Swansboro, NC) had 59 assists, three aces and three blocks. Newberry controlled game one after grabbing an early 9-4 lead. Catawba was never closer than four the rest of the game. Catawba returned the favor in the second game, storming out to a 7-2 lead and going up 23-12 after a kill by Henderson. Newberry made a late run after falling down 29-15, but Henderson killed off the final point. Catawba fell behind in the third game, but battled back to tie the game at 13-13 after an ace by Bartholomew. Three kills by Griffith in a five-point run pushed Catawba to a 21-17 lead and the Tribe went on to lead 27-18. Game four was the deciding match as Newberry fell behind 29-23, but rallied back with seven straight points to take a 30-29 lead on a kill by Lipsi, who had four in the run. Catawba had a 31-30 lead, but a kill by Jamie Foster-Mann (Painted Post, NY) denied Catawba the winning point. Newberry took the game on a kill by Laurie Barman (Madison, WI). Newberry never trailed in the fifth game, jumping out to a 9-4 advantage. Catawba pulled within three points on several occasions and got within 14-12, but Lipsi killed off the final point. MATCH SCORES 1 2 3 4 5 Newberry (8-9, 4-3) 30 21 22 34 15 Catawba (7-8, 2-4) 23 30 30 32 12 Leaders Kills: C - Melissa Griffith 24, Amanda Nantz 17; N - Cara Coleman 21, Jessica Lipsi 18, Laurie Barman 13. Digs: C - Missy Bartholomew 24, Kalin Collier 16, Summer Zuck 14; N - Christy Stegall 26, Lipsi 21, Kristin Pulone 17. Blocks: C - Andi Henderon 1-2/3, Melissa Powers 0-3/3, Kendra Elliott 0-3/3, Nantz 0-3/3; N - Jamie Foster-Mann 2-3/5, Alicia Khoury 0-3/3. Assists: C - Henderson 59; N - Khoury 61. Service Aces: C - Henderson 3, Nantz 3, Collier 2; N –Coleman 2, Pulone 2. ATT: 139 Time – 2:13 #######

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